March 31, 1945 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Barry Levinson (1975-1982; divorced)|
Curtin was born in New York City, the daughter of radio actor Joseph Curtin. She is a cousin of TV comedian/actress Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live, Kate & Allie, Third Rock from the Sun). She was married to writer and director Barry Levinson from 1975-1982.
Curtin began her writing career in the 1970s working on episodes of the popular television sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Curtin and her then-husband Barry Levinson were nominated for an Academy Award (in the category of Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) for ...And Justice for All (1979) starring Al Pacino. They also co-wrote the semi-autobiographical Best Friends (1982), which starred Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn.
Curtin's acting career has run concurrently with her writing career. During the 1970s, she made various guest appearances on television playing in shows such as Happy Days, Welcome Back, Kotter, Rhoda, The Rockford Files and Barney Miller. In 1976, ABC shot the pilot episode for Three's Company, in which Curtin appeared alongside John Ritter and Susanne Zenor. Curtin played a character named Jenny, who eventually became Janet Wood, played by Joyce DeWitt.
Her movie appearances include Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (her first movie appearance, 1974), All the President's Men and Silent Movie (both 1976), as well as Maxie (1985) and John Cassavetes' final film, the 1986 comedy Big Trouble, plus a small, uncredited role in Best Friends.
In 1982, Curtin was given the role of Judy Bernly in the television sitcom 9 to 5 based on the 1980 movie of the same name. Her TV role was portrayed by Jane Fonda in the film version. Curtin was dropped from the show after two seasons, when James Komack came on as the new executive producer, replacing the team led by Jane Fonda. However, Curtin would return for a syndicated version of 9 to 5 (1986–1988), reprising her earlier role; the new version was successful. In the 1980s and 1990s, her writing credits included such mainstream films as Inside Moves (1980), the 1984 remake of Unfaithfully Yours, and Toys (1992).